bom·​bas·​tic | \ bäm-ˈba-stik How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \

Definition of bombastic

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

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Other Words from bombastic

bombastically \ bäm-​ˈba-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bombastically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district

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In honor of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and the lost mice of the Titanic, here’s a look at the 10 most confusing and bombastic statements by college football coaches this century. Joan Niesen,, "Ranking the Most Bizarre College Football Coach Quotes of This Century," 10 Sep. 2019 As public anger in Hong Kong has climbed, the Chinese government’s response has grown bombastic and now seems at times erratic. Chris Buckley,, "Hong Kong crisis tests confidence in Xi’s iron grasp," 7 Sep. 2019 Progressives were aghast, and when actress Alyssa Milano objected, Texas Senator Ted Cruz jumped in to support Schaefer’s argument (in less bombastic terms). Rich Lowry, National Review, "Yes, Gun Ownership Is a God-Given Right," 6 Sep. 2019 Johnson’s political stylings are bombastic and wordy—this is, after all, a man who styles himself as a Shakespeare expert and Classical enthusiast. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "No, Boris Johnson isn’t the UK’s Donald Trump," 25 July 2019 But Trump remains a lightning rod who employs bombastic rhetoric on immigration and other hot-button issues. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Why are so many Texas Republicans in Congress bolting for the exits, and what does it mean for 2020?," 9 Aug. 2019 And his objective, even-handed perspective was a welcome contrast to Fitzgerald’s often bombastic approach. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ TV team: A change that makes sense — this time," 27 July 2019 The bombastic rock group will play two sets at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 16, followed by two sets at Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor World Arena on Sept. 17. John Wenzel, The Know, "Tool, Bone Thugs, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more Colorado concerts on sale this week," 7 Sep. 2019 Unlike sit-coms with clear audio cues or Marvel movies with big, bombastic musical moments, the Succession score refrains from providing a meta-commentary. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Music Experts Explain Why the Succession Theme Song Is So Memorable," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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